Who asked for fake exhausts?

Lets admit, exhausts are a niche appeal, I’m yet to meet a non car person that cares about exhuast design, and most car enthusiasts I know hate fake exhaust tips... so why do they exist? I can’t find a middle ground of people that look at the stupid tips on my car and think “OH YEAH!” Most, myself included, think it’s gaudy overkill.


Many love quad exhausts or crazy designs, but not fake tips. I don’t really know why automakers use them.... I’ve heard everything from sooty turbo engines making bumpers dirty to actual melting bumpers, but I feel that those are fixable problems.

I get it, people want aesthetics, but I feel that neither those who don’t care, nor those who do are being catered to appropriately by designers nowadays.